Shades salvaged from skateboards

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Monday 14 April 2014

Wow, skateboarding-loving duo Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli, the guys behind Colorado-based operation Eqo Optics, actually salvage old and battered skateboards to give them a second stab at life in the form of polished colorful sunnies with glare-free polarized lenses. Too cool for words.

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Repurposed wine barrels get second life as hipster sunnies

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 17 January 2014

Sunglasses made from upcycled wine barrels? Why, it’s too cool for words. California vineyard operator Robert Mondavi partnered eyewear brand Woodzee to transform its used oak barrels into new, must-have accessories. According to the Robert Mondavi website, ‘The frames have a distinctive red tint from aging our Coastal Crush Red blend’.

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ISSON’s 2013/2014 sunglasses collection

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By Zac in New Fashion on Wednesday 2 October 2013

Australia’s avant-garde eyewear specialist, ISSON, has released their 2013/2014 collection. ISSON says the range mixes function and form, kookiness and sophistication, and experimentation and restraint. No surprises there given Catherine Federici likes to design the ISSON collections in an old-world reading room at Sydney’s State Library while listening to old-school techno!

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Byron Bay’s Sunski sunglasses: Returning from the dead

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Fashion on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Sunski sunglasses were practically an Australian institution, but over time people forgot about them and they were nearly lost to the pages of history. Enter American duo, Tom and Michael – saviours of the Sunski. Three years ago Tom returned from a surfing trip to Australia with a few pairs of the classic sunglasses in […]

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Maui Jim: the best sunglasses in the world (says us)

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Thursday 24 January 2013

I’ve been known to make outlandish statements when it comes to fashion, but this is no such occasion. Hawaiian brand Maui Jim make the best sunglasses in the world and I’ll tell you why. Created in Hawaii, Maui Jim have developed their shades with island life in mind. Their special patented polarized lenses have been designed to enhance the […]

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Shades that protect you from post-party remorse

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 22 December 2012

If you party like a rock star but hate facing up to these damning, unglamourous party shots afterwards, be happy. These shades create a similar effect to what you see in those scandalous tabloid pictures so you now have a license to be on your worst behaviour while reveling in relative anonymity at the same […]

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Sunglasses made from recycled material

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By Sean in New Products on Friday 6 April 2012

These are eco-friendly sunglasses with frames made from 100 percent recycled material. The frames will have a unique surface design not seen on any other pair of sunglasses. The hinges and lenses are the same used by many top designers in the industry. The glasses ship in recycled cardboard boxes and pouches made from reused clothing. Sweet, huh?

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Maison Martin Margiela 8 Wrong Size Black Sunglasses

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By Gerry Mak in New Fashion on Saturday 18 February 2012

I was thinking to myself the other day how I would pay serious cash for some sunglasses with ill-fitting lenses. Eyewear designers Cutler & Gross must have read my mind, because they made these Margiela 8 Wrong Size sunglasses that are available via Por Vacacao for €390!

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Minimal Baroque fashion illustration

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By Eve Politanoff in New Illustration on Saturday 29 January 2011

For Prada’s new eyewear collection, Minimal Baroque, the fashion house turned to three fashion illustrators to create their advertising campaign.

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ZANEROBE Eyewear

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By Andy in New Fashion on Friday 1 October 2010

Complementing their Game Day, Sunday collection, ZANEROBE’s debut eyewear range has dropped just in time for summer in the southern hemisphere. Fashion-forward styles and trusty ZANEROBE build quality combine to create these damn fine shades suitable for work, play and anything in between.

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Italian clear aviators

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By Michelle Wilding in New Fashion on Monday 8 March 2010

Revive that vintage sixties look with a pair of Italian gold square aviator frames by Silver Lining Opticians. These babies are available in two lens types: slick sunglasses or clear lenses for that ultra smooth, hot nerd look. The optical boutique also stock more than 6,000 never-worn vintage frames, including 500 one-of-a-kind shades by Persol, […]

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Interview with Catherine Federici, ISSON Eyewear

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By Tim Cox in New Fashion on Tuesday 15 December 2009

We checked in with Catherine Federici, one of the creative forces behind Australian sunglasses company, ISSON Eyewear, and asked her what lead to her take her industrial design training and apply it to sunglasses design: ‘I worked in Optometry practices since I was fourteen. It just seemed like the better option to working the cashier at McDonald’s or Woolies. By the time I was at University, I was working at George Skoufis Optometrist in Paddington, renowned for quirky, unusual, unique frames and sunglasses and my passion for eye-wear design really evolved there. Coming from an I.D background, it seemed that the eyewear designer’s artisan approach to mass production was unique. I found this to be inspiring and a creative challenge I wanted to take on’.

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Take a spin with The Ferrari Guy

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By The Uncool Hunter in New Trends on Monday 27 July 2009

The residents of Chicago have another option for all those special events. The famous Tony Taglia, aka The Ferrari Guy, offers a unique service: a one hour trip in his Ferrari decorated with 24k golden parts. The chauffeur? Tony himself. He says he’s the most photographed person after the American President. Perfect for birthdays celebrations, weddings, bachelor’s parties, banquets and special gifts, and all for only $300 an hour.

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Le Specs sunglasses

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By Michelle Wilding in New Fashion on Sunday 16 November 2008

I’m super hyped about the Australian Summer lurking around the corner, so I’ve been on the lookout for some new protective sunnies for driving. Surprisingly, I found some uber-lovely Le Specs that look funky yet designer-esque due to the stylish sides.

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Barton Perreira

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By This Island Life in New Fashion on Wednesday 1 October 2008

Luxury goods have been getting a bad rap lately, and for good reason. Now I don’t know how you roll, but we don’t know many people who enjoy covering themselves head-to-toe in someone else’s initials. Yet for some reason designers think that diamante logos and monogrammed tapestries are the best mediums to communicate their brand. […]

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